Try to imagine a time when life was far harder, and kicking back in the recliner, watching TV, surrounded by all of the comforts of home after a long day, was not even a fanciful thought. Instead, vigilance and invasion by a foreign entity of your town or home without any notice was what was on the brain of freedom seeking people in this country. Even your own home wasn’t a safe space.
Sixteen year old Sybil, another young American patriot would have been a powerful voice for Liberty in organizations such as Turning Point or the Tea Party today, but it was not to be her period.
What made her such an advantage to the liberty and reform movement anyhow? Well Sybil’s father was a position Colonel who, in a battle situation required to muster reinforcements to counter an enemy attack while simultaneously planning his defense.
His troops were scattered over a 30-mile loop of country side and he had no mechanized transportation or radio to help facilitate contact. Left with no one to call upon for help, Sybil, the only capable person available to get out a desperate call for help, decided to react to what she believed to be her call to duty.
In her selfless act of courage, she rode for what seemed an eternity to inform as many as 400 troops that were ready to do battle to defend a lifestyle only dreamed of by true freedom seeking Americans.
Modern day Americans have no expertise or perhaps a vision of what it would be like to have a foreign influence coming to our shores to battle uschallenging our constitutional rights and freedoms. We live free in part because of the bravery of people like Sybil. None of us will ever know the sort of person Sybil was, or what passions she owned inside that would allow her ride 30 miles, alone, and risk life and limb to warn others of an invading enemy.
She really did help to thwart Americans being slaughtered. This time on American soil where there was no safe space for everyone to hide.
At the nighttime attack, the British did burn Danbury, Connecticut, an important supply depot for the Continental Army, but due to Sybil, many people were ready and escaped death.
‘ was indeed important. It was not at all unlike Paul Revere’s trip. Today, Sybil’s heroism is memorialized with only a poem written by American poet Berton Braley, commemorating her historical ride, and a bronze statue, that stands honoring her bravery and passion for liberty, in Carmel, New York.